Secret Producer Camel Power Club Drops Dreamy Single ft. Folk Duo Racoon Racoon
Somewhere in France, there’s a brilliant music mind who goes under the moniker Camel Power Club, riding the waves of anonymity and releasing genre-bending compositions from sweet folk to surf-rock and everything in between. There’s not much to know about CPC — not because we’re not super awesome sleuths but because CPC doesn’t want you to know who they are. They’re in this for the music and for the rush of obscurity. They are nameless, they are faceless, and they are fearless.
Camel Power Club’s latest effort — and their very first release of the new year — is “A Wave of Goodbyes,” a decadent indie tune featuring the breathy vocals of folk duo Racoon Racoon. Though CPC’s production skills travel the gamut from genre to genre, their songs are typically of the upbeat mode, or at least have quick, head-bopping tempos, if not a more obvious smash of electro-pop goodness. “A Wave of Goodbyes” marks new territory for Camel Power Club as the mysterious producer carefully crafts a mesmeric slow-burn.
It’s hard to determine which component of “A Wave of Goodbyes” gives it its magic. Is it the ghostly vocal wisps that float past the production? Is it the arrangement pulsing like a heartbeat? Is it the quiet moments? Or could it be the grander moments? That’s the thing about this piece — it’s layered with endless beauty, all of which help to construct a composition almost painfully pretty.
“A Wave of Goodbyes” opens with voice as its only instrument. The glow and gloom of Racoon Racoon’s voices (that fit together like puzzle pieces) breathe a swollen atmosphere at the start of the track, joined soon after by somber beats funereal in their shy entrance. For a while, it’s just the gentle vocals and pumping melody far beneath them, but later, the song adds new moments of urgency like when the percussion starts to double over and the plink of piano fights for attention. By the end of the track, those bittersweet verses are sent spiraling among a swirling arrangement of indie sorrow, sweetened only by the knowledge that this song is clearly an escape from something: we can hear that Camel Power Club and Racoon Racoon needed to make this. It’s a release, a soporific vehicle leading us into the suspended, gut-punch world of dreaming in all its delicate glory.
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